Nadal, critical of Djokovic for the new association


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Nadal, critical of Djokovic for the new association

Rafael Nadal gave his first press conference on his return to the circuit, ahead of what will be his debut in the Masters 1000 in Rome against Pablo Carreño Busta and left titles.

“It’s nice to be back. The circumstances were strong for everyone, but here we are. Rome is one of the most incredible events in the world without a doubt. At the same time it won’t be the same, without an audience and being in the bubble without to be able to enjoy the city. At least we have a tennis tournament here in Rome, that’s positive and I’m happy about that, “he began.

At the same time, Nadal referred to Novak Djokovic’s disqualification at the US Open, after hitting the linesman with a pitch: “The consequences were always the same. Nothing new in that. Novak had bad luck. The rules say It’s clearly a disqualification. I’m sorry for him, he had a chance there. But in a way you don’t have to do that. It’s a very unfortunate situation. But it’s important to have proper self-control on the court, because if not, you can have bad luck as he had. Of course he did not want to hit anyone, and it is unfortunate. Sorry about that, “he said.

Then, Rafa spoke about the Serbian’s decision to create a New Players Association, parallel to the ATP: “There are several things that in my way of understanding are not adequate. We are living a moment of world crisis in all senses, from health even economic, with which we are all having a hard time. It is a time to be more together than ever, not separately and that each one looks out for their interests. The initiative is totally respectable, nothing to object. Each one can have their own ideas and fight for them. I understand that in this life we ​​all want to go to more and if there is something I can do to try to make the circuit better, here I am. I tried to do it for many years of my career, I fought a lot for the rights of the players I simply believe that first many things have to be clarified, second that there is no way to do it, “he explained.

In addition, the Spaniard added: “Both Federer and I do not have to find out through a letter, if they want us to be supporting that, it is normal for us to know things in advance. I do believe in the structure of the ATP, there are things that can be improved without a doubt. There are many questions without answers to what was tried to mount, it is not the moment and I think there are many things that are not clear, “he said.

Finally, Nadal told how he feels after the long stop: “I am feeling better every day, I will have to be calm. I need time. The vast majority of the players have already played games and I have not yet. We have trained very well and the The feelings are positive, but we have to transfer those feelings to the matches. My first opponent in the tournament will be Carreño, a tennis player who comes from playing very well in New York. He is a very difficult opponent and I hope I can be prepared for this first date. “, he finished.


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